Master Gardeners Series

The series of Master Gardeners presentations has gone VIRTUAL! The FREE presentations are given by  the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Learn tips & tricks from experts that you can use in your own garden! All talks are presented on Zoom at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required by sending an email to events@villageofriverhill.org in order to receive the Zoom meeting i.d. and password. Confirmations will be sent out the week of the event.

Upcoming Zoom Sessions

January 25: Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

This session provides guidance on sustainable gardening best practices for the Spring season.  The session is appropriate for beginning and casual home gardeners who can benefit from tips on what gardening tasks to do in the Spring, how best to do each task, and when during the season to do them.  A full range of gardening types – vegetable, perennial, and native plant gardens – is discussed, along with design and on-going care recommendations. Register at events@villageofriverhill.org to receive the Zoom Meeting ID. Confirmations will be sent out a few days before the event. Hosted by River Hill Community Association and the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Presenter: Paul Beares

February 8: Attracting Bats to Your Backyard and Why to Do It

This talk explores the reasons why gardeners and homeowners might wish to attract bats to their yards; dispels some of the negative myths about bats; and explains their preferred habitats. The particulars of appropriate houses and their sightings are discussed, as are plant selections to lure and keep bats in your landscape.  Presentation includes birds, butterflies, moths, good bugs and other small animals in the discussion of the four basic needs – food, housing, shelter, and places to raise young. Register at events@villageofriverhill.org to receive the Zoom Meeting ID. Confirmations will be sent out a few days before the event. Hosted by River Hill Community Association and the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Presenter: Lisa Wingate

March 8: Creating Outdoor Garden Rooms

Extend your living space to the great outdoors by creating individual rooms for relaxing, entertaining, dining, and many other uses.  Plants, structures, paths, and focal points can all be used to define separate areas within your yard that flow from one space to the next. Register at events@villageofriverhill.org to receive the Zoom Meeting ID. Confirmations will be sent out a few days before the event. Hosted by River Hill Community Association and the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Presenter: Pat Greenwald

April 12: Gardening in Deer Country

This discussion and PowerPoint present a general overview on how to live with deer.  It presents methods of protecting your vegetable garden from deer predation, a list of plants that maybe resistant to predation (deer will eat anything when they are hungry) and sprays and their application which may keep the deer from eating your favorite flowers.  Register at events@villageofriverhill.org to receive the Zoom Meeting ID. Confirmations will be sent out a few days before the event. Hosted by River Hill Community Association and the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Presenter: Kent Phillips

May 24: Creating a Pollinator’s Patch

Discover the easiest way to create a native flower garden to attract butterflies and bees. Find out how to support both adults and young, including plants recommendations that thrive even in yards with deer and heavy clay soil. Register at events@villageofriverhill.org to receive the Zoom Meeting ID. Confirmations will be sent out a few days before the event. Hosted by River Hill Community Association and the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Presenter: Clare Walker

Paint Events

We are taking a little break from the paint events for now. Check back here often for future events.